Birmingham is considered as England’s ‘second city’ by many, and due to its location in the middle of the country, it is easily accessible wherever you live. The sheer size of the city also means that there is plenty to see and do here. So if you are looking to spend a weekend away somewhere, Birmingham is well worth considering.
Here is a guide to some of the top things to do during a weekend in Birmingham…
Shop until you drop
Those who want to spend some serious cash on new clothes, gadgets and other things will be perfectly catered for in Birmingham. The city is home to the iconic Bullring shopping centre, which is conveniently located just over the road from New Street Station. Here you can find all of the high-street stores that you would expect, along with a raft of restaurants and cafe’s for when you need to take a break. In fact, it’s likely it will take you more than one day to get around them all!
Experience some live music
There are a number of great music venues in Birmingham, and the city is one of the main stop-off points for international artists on a UK tour. The huge NEC Arena can be found on the outskirts, conveniently located just off the M42 motorway, whilst in the city centre itself you have the National Indoor Arena, the O2 Academy, the Institute and many more smaller venues. There’s also a Gatecrasher nightclub – the only one left in the UK – for those into their dance and house music. For those partying late into the night, it’s well worth looking into the hotels in Birmingham town centre so you don’t have far to get into bed afterwards!
Located in Bourneville to the south-west of Birmingham, you’re bound to feel like you’re in a Roald Dahl novel as you step foot into the only Cadbury World to be found in the UK. Kids and serious chocoholics alike will be able to explore the 14 different zones, and you’ll even be able to create your own sweet treat towards the end of your tour! You’ll definitely want to stock up on your yearly dose of chocolate before you leave.
Take a boat trip
Birmingham is a city with a fascinating heritage, and you can learn all about this on one of the city’s canal cruise trips. Alternatively, taking one of these tours gives you the opportunity to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of the city and unwind as the boat gently sails through the narrow canal network. Some trips can be booked in advance – it’s worth doing this to avoid disappointment on the day.
Sandwell Valley Country Park
Some tranquillity from the busy city can be found at the Sandwell Valley Country Park, located towards the West Bromwich area of Birmingham. Here you will find 2,000 acres of open, green space – ideal for those looking to relax, have a walk or go for a cycle. Families with children will be able to enjoy the working Victorian farm with a number of rare breed animals and a quaint tea room.